August 06, 2013

Bird Dogging Produces 4 Dead al Qaeda in Yemen
And, Sorta Related: ODS -- Obama Derangement Syndrome

Four members of al Qaeda have reportedly been killed in a drone strike in Yemen.

Yesterday, I discussed at length where the information leading to the closures of embassies around the Muslim world most likely came from. I also noted that the person who leaked the fact that we were intercepting communications between al Qaeda's #1 and al Qaeda's #2 should be prosecuted for tipping off the bad guys that we were on to them.

But there was something else I intentionally didn't mention: sometimes we leak information on purpose.

By on purpose here I don't mean for political purposes -- the usual reason secrets are leaked to the press.

No, in this context it's the intelligence community itself that wants some information let out. The basic idea being that when somebody we badly want goes to ground, it becomes more difficult to find them. Think of the nearly decade long search for Osama bin Laden, made all the more difficult because the man was a paranoid recluse -- and not without reason.

So, one way in which to flush out your enemies who are hidden well is to get them moving. Any one who has hunted certain fowl understand the concept, and why a dog trained to scare up the birds from the ground can be a valuable tool.

I'm not saying I have any super-secret information as to the motivations of those who leaked the information on the Zawahiri / Nasser al-Wuhayshi link to the "chatter". What I am saying is that ... well, we got four more bad guys in Yemen, which is most likely the weak link in the al Qaeda security chain:

A suspected U.S. drone strike in Yemen the fourth reported in the last 10 days killed four alleged Al Qaeda members Tuesday, as the U.S. and British governments evacuated their embassies because of intelligence suggesting a possible terrorist attack.

A drone-launched missile struck a vehicle in Marib province, east of the Yemeni capital, Sana, killing the four militants, according to the Yemen Post, a privately-owned English language newspaper. A second strike targeted a "militant hideout," the paper said, citing local security officials.

So, there you have it.

I've no idea if the two are related. If I sounded like I was sure of the connection in the above argument, that's just because I was presenting one side of the argument.

But I wanted to get that out there because I know a lot of you have become so cynical of the Obama White House that you now assume the worst motivations for pretty much everything any one in government does -- including those institutions which used to be seen as the most trustworthy by we conservatives, such as our intelligence, law enforcement, and military.

As much as we may detest the current occupant of the White House, though, we need to remember that Obama doesn't personally oversee most of what the government does. His fingerprints are not in every policy nor in every leak.

What I fear is that many of us on the right have become what the left was during the Bush era. Do you guys remember something we used to call BDS? Bush Derangement Syndrome. BDS was the tendency for those on the left to blame Bush for everything, to assign bad motivations for every move, and, at the extreme, to turn everything into a grand conspiracy.

You don't remember blood for oil? Or how as recently as ... now ... the current occupant of the White House continues to blame the former occupant of the White House for his own sucky .... everything?

That's BDS -- Bush Derangement Syndrome.

But there is also something equivalent to that on the right --- ODS. Obama Derangement Syndrome.

If you don't think ODS isn't real, I'm sorry, but you may be suffering it yourself. Sure, sometimes thinking people are out to get you is perceptive. But more often than not it's just paranoia.

What's funny is that one of the biggest paranoids on the Left who stoked the flames of BDS has now become the hero to many on the right who suffer from ODS -- Glenn Greenwald. The guy who "broke" the story about the NSA's domestic "spying".

When a guy like that become you're hero, clearly you've left the reservation of sanity and into the Twilight Zone.

Make no mistake about what I am saying. I despise President Obama. I loathe him. He is clearly the worst President in modern history. I think that is an empirical fact.

But, give the guy credit where credit is due: he knows and cares so little about counter-terrorism policy that he pretty much has left that up to the professionals in the field. And you know what? Nothing has seriously changed since the Bush era. At least, not on the foreign front. We keep droning them, they keep on coming at us. It's standard Bush era policy.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:00 PM | Comments |